Balinese Gardens (英語) ハードカバー – 1996/4
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Bali is a tropical island with beautiful landscapes, mountains, forests and orchards. The coastal plains are covered by rice fields and vegetable gardens, but cultivation of the land is not restricted to farming: the island also boasts a wealth of gardens found in the grounds of temples, palaces, hotels and private houses where greenery and tropical flowers are mixed with ornamental sculpture, pools and running water. This book presents photographs of a selection of the best of these gardens, and the text examines both traditional and contemporary gardens, as well as looking at the broader physical and cultural environment in which these are found.
"Anyone can enjoy [Bali] through the lush photographs. A visual treat."--"New York Times News Service" --このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。商品の説明をすべて表示する
It is good that the editor includes photos of some of Bali's most interesting gardens, such as Tirta Gangga, Walter Spies' Tjampuhan residence, and several sites designed by Made Wijaya, but these photos do not always do the places justice (strange angles, views of the gardens that do not show their best aspects). I concede that the exception to this is the section devoted to the gardens of the Batujimbar estate, which is the second best part of this book. But many of the photos left me wanting more variety, smaller margins (larger actual photos), and better angles.
The best chapter is Traditional Gardens in Bali, but again the photos are often disappointingly small. And, from this chapter, conspicuously absent, were photos of Ubud's Agung Rai Museum gardens and any number of single-family (not sacred, public, or hotel) Balinese gardens.
Somewhat useful is the chapter on Balinese plants, but because it lacks stats like height and shade / sun preferences, it is not great as a reference for the person interested in some serious landscaping or plant identification.
Text does have interesting tidbits about garden history, thanks to contributor Adrian Vickers (and, for the Ubud text, William Warren).
Visually, not as bold as "style" books can and should be. I put other books on my coffee table.
The rest of the book shifts focus to explore contemporary residential, restaurant, and hotel garden construction, plant life, and decoration (the Bali Hyatt at Sanur has its own chapter). The authors also do full justice to the island's naturally spectacular ravines, lotus ponds, waterfalls, and sacred pools. Balinese Gardens gives us a special final treat: a tour of modern horticultural masterpieces in Ubud, the island's center of art and creativity. These new gardens (of wealthy expatriates) exude special charm and beauty with jungle-like plantings of teak, mahogany, tamarind, avocado, mangosteen, durian, and breadfruit. Warren proves that landscape art can successfully imitate (and compete) with nature in a superb Balinese dance of visual perfection
Diane C. Donovan